NBA Playoffs: Celtics win legendary duel as Warriors clinch series

Boston, Massachusetts - The Boston Celtics survived a historic performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo as Jayson Tatum scored 46 points to carry his side to a 108-95 win on Friday, tying the series at 3-3 and forcing a Game 7 in Boston.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (l.) battled against dominating Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo r(.) during game six of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs on Friday.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (l.) battled against dominating Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo r(.) during game six of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs on Friday.  © USA TODAY Sports

Antetokounmpo became the first NBA player since Shaquille O'Neal over 20 years ago to eclipse a playoff stat-line of 40 points and 20 rebounds, finishing with 44 points on 14-of-30 shooting, going 14-of-15 from the free throw line and an even 20 boards. He also added six assists, two blocks and one steal.

But Tatum was matching him every step of the way on the offensive end, shooting 17-of-32 from the field and seven-of-15 from long range, with nine rebounds and four assists to go with his 46.

It was a game that the Celtics controlled from the second quarter, restricting the Bucks to 17 points in the frame to grab a 10-point half-time lead, and although the home side made runs, Boston had all the answers.

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The Bucks were a one-man show, but the Celtics had a number of solid contributors, as Jaylen Brown had 22 points, while Marcus Smart added 21.

Al Horford finished with just two points, but had a game-high four blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds as he made Antetokounmpo battle all day inside, while Derrick White also chipped in with 30 important minutes off the bench, complimenting the stars perfectly.

Warriors advance to Western Conference finals with win against Grizzlies

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (r.) jumped for the shot over the Memphis Grizzlies during game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (r.) jumped for the shot over the Memphis Grizzlies during game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs.  © USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors booked their trip to the Western Conference Finals with a 110-96 win in Game 6 of their series against the Memphis Grizzlies, advancing with a 4-2 margin.

To the Grizzlies' credit, without Ja Morant, they stayed competitive through three quarters, before a 32-19 final frame for the Warriors put the game to bed.

While most Warriors players rose to the occasion, none played better than Klay Thompson, who lived up to his glittering reputation in Game 6s with 30 points.

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Stephen Curry added 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Andrew Wiggins was strong on both ends, scoring 18 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking three shots.

After being bullied on the interior in Game 5, the Warriors re-injected Kevon Looney into the rotation, and he collected a game-high 22 rebounds in 35 minutes, while Draymond Green had 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists.

The Warriors will play the winner of the Game 7 showdown between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

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